This rare photo of the First West Coast Black Mask Get-Together on January 11, 1936 captures possibly the only meeting of several of these authors, mostly members of The Fictioneers, an informal group of West Coast pulp writers. Pictured in the back row, from left to right, are Raymond J. Moffatt, Raymond Chandler, H.H. Stinson, Dwight Babcock, Eric Taylor and Dashiell Hammett (on a West Coast visit). In the front row, again from left to right, are Arthur Barnes(?), John K. Butler, W. T. Ballard, Horace McCoy and Norbert Davis. It’s apparently the only known time Chandler and Hammett met face to face.
- Published in Black Mask: Some Significant Contributors & Other Writers of Interest
Of course, the above photo only features some of the great writers who toiled away for Black Mask. Here are a few more.
- The Fictioneers